We provide traditional manual culture work and care to the vine from november to July: cordon de royat pruning, ploughing, debudding for yield control, shot knitting and only when necessary spraying against the vine diseases.
The time and care we give to the vine is key to wine quality.
First steps include a few days of pre-fermentation cold maceration, followed by about 10 days of alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank, skin crushing, ageing partly in oak barrels.
Then comes natural malolactic fermentation at cellar temperature (13 to 14° C).
After 12 months of ageing, the wine is pumped back to one tank for more ageing (6 months) before bottling.
If I had to choose one word about 2015 vintage, it would be «energy» : thanks to long weeks of sunshine and high temperatures during summer 2015, our grapes were clean and very ripe by the end of August. Soil labour and manual practices (ploughing, green harvest...) were key to balance a faster vegetative cycle. Malic acid content was lower so we decided to start harvesting early on september 5 in order to keep enough freshness in the berries.
Winemaking was smooth due to the exceptionally good quality of grapes, no rot, short distance between our vineyards and press room that would not oxydize the grapes during transportation.
Ageing and malo-lactic fermentation took place naturally in our cellar during winter 2015 and spring 2016. Bottling was achieved in spring 2017.
Tastingwise, our 2015 whites show a successful balance of ripe fruit and freshness. The lower acid content was the big challenge for this harvest and we managed to preserve enough of it. Our more exposed to the sun plots show a even stronger expression of exoticism (lychee, peach, summer flower bunch) whereas less exposed plots are more subtle (tea, apple, spring flowers...). All whites are clearly showing well now, ready to drink soon, a bit colder than you would usually serve. The richness, in nose and mouth, is yet delicate and really flattering.
Our 2015 reds are at their best : Pinot Noir is giving its best when the grapes have had enough sunshine to develop yummy flavors of red fruits. The tannins are so silky you may pair the reds with any food !
Fabrice Amiot, february 2018